There are so many things to love about the Irish. For starters they have one of the highest beer consumption rates in the world. And when I say beer, I don’t mean some low carb, low fat, low calories, low taste beer. I’m talking about proper beers like Guinness. Secondly they love alcohol so much they even put it into coffee — combining two of my favourite things. Lastly, they are renowned for being lucky. They call it the ‘luck of the Irish’. There’s even an old myth in Ireland that if you catch a leprachaun then you will receive a massive pot of gold. Ian Harrington from Cork in Ireland might not have caught any leprechauns lately, but he has turned a pile of other peoples junk into a pot of gold — or a café racer to be exact. “I was offered an old Yamaha RD250 by a work colleague who was clearing out his garage” says Ian. Predictably, it turned out to be a piece of junk and needed a lot of work. “From the start it was never worth restoring as it was too far gone” he says. Luckily for this bike Ian had a soft spot for RD’s and decided to take the project on. Unluckily for the local pub, Ian spent many late nights in his garage instead of knocking back pints.
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This RD250 caught my eye after recently winning the coveted Do The Ton Bike of the Month. The bike hadn’t run for 20 years when Ken Stout bought it as part of a package deal with two 60’s Honda Superhawks. Being a design engineer in the motorcycle/powersport industry it didn’t take him long to get it going. “After cleaning the carbs, new fuel line, and some gas, she fired right up” Ken said. Ken wanted to do something special with the bike and decided to turn it into a street tracker.
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